The Simple Things

Posted by: tommyad

The Simple Things - 10/09/15 08:21 AM

Just some thoughts on the past. Comment/Suggestions encouraged. Thanks, Tom



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The Simple Things

My father called it common sense the gift he gave to me
the important little lessons in my life
he always seemed to know I had to find out on my own
how to tame those wild emotions inside
Now I find myself looking back and the only thing i see
is the future ain't what it used to be
It's a different world we're living in Is it better I don't know
It’s the simple things that I miss the most


We weren't anything like rich and We were never poor
everything was easier back then
whenever I went out to play I’d usually be gone all day
A child just as Wild as the wind
Reluctantly i settled down got caught up in the race
now this house no longer feels like home or the memories of that place
It's a different world we're living in is it better i don’t know
It’s the simple things that I miss the most

In this age of information a world that never stops
facts and figures float across my mind
I know everything that I'm supposed to know
and if I don’t I can pull it up in record time
Will we take all this knowledge to the problems that we face
It's a long hard road were looking at without wisdom and a little bit of grace
It's a different world we're living in is it better i don’t know
It’s the simple things that I miss the most

I find myself looking back and the only thing i see
is the future ain't what it used to be
It's a different world we're living in Is it better I don't know
It’s the simple things that I miss the most

©2015 Thomas Adams
Posted by: Sergio Guarneri

Re: The Simple Things - 10/09/15 10:18 AM

Hello,

great song,
very intimate melody.
Great voice on the piano background.

Very nice.

Sergio.
Posted by: floyd jane

Re: The Simple Things - 10/09/15 12:36 PM

Tom,

I've listened to that opening phrase a dozen times. The side-by-side of guitars and piano is spectacular!

Your writing is going through the roof! I'm reminded of Tom Douglas...Allen Shamblin... If I were to copy my favorite lines, it would pretty much be the whole song. The melody deserves as much recognition as the lyric.

Not to mention your vocal...well, okay, let's mention that... So very perfect for this song. A delight to listen to.

Back-to-back #1's. What's in the water down there???? Send me some!!!

floyd
Posted by: boehm

Re: The Simple Things - 10/09/15 01:06 PM

Hi Tommy,

what a great write. And so beautifully
delivered. Great voice and harmonies.
I like your modest arrangement and
really enjoyed my listen.

Guenter
Posted by: SRP

Re: The Simple Things - 10/09/15 01:16 PM

I'm just getting to know you Tom and I like what I hear. Great production on all aspects. Some do not like the vocals in your face but I certainly do and that is the first thing that I liked about your song.
The only thing that I would like to hear is more of the harmony voice.
Sonny
Posted by: Rob4580

Re: The Simple Things - 10/09/15 01:31 PM

How life shapes us. Just perfect.
Rob
Posted by: RichMac

Re: The Simple Things - 10/09/15 02:08 PM

Delightful Tom. Brings back good feelings to me.
Beautifully done. Maybe a bit Tom T Hall. Excellent harmonies. Cheers.
Posted by: Pat Marr

Re: The Simple Things - 10/09/15 04:18 PM

Originally Posted By: floyd jane
Tom,

I've listened to that opening phrase a dozen times. The side-by-side of guitars and piano is spectacular!

Your writing is going through the roof! I'm reminded of Tom Douglas...Allen Shamblin... If I were to copy my favorite lines, it would pretty much be the whole song. The melody deserves as much recognition as the lyric.

Not to mention your vocal...well, okay, let's mention that... So very perfect for this song. A delight to listen to.

Back-to-back #1's. What's in the water down there???? Send me some!!!

floyd


Adding to what Floyd said, I'd like to mention that chord progression! The way it interacted with the piano RT in terms of the embellishments when you weren't singing... Wow! it had the same effect on me as the piano accompaniment to Bonnie Raitt's "I Can't Make You Love Me"...

I thought that was a very thought provoking and touching work. I'm very, very impressed!

Posted by: Charlie Fogle

Re: The Simple Things - 10/09/15 05:53 PM

You're turning out some amazing stuff lately. Really enjoyed this.

Charlie
Posted by: Greg Johnson

Re: The Simple Things - 10/09/15 07:01 PM

Will we take all this knowledge to the problems that we face
It's a long hard road were looking at without wisdom and a little bit of grace

WOW, that just killed me!!!

I had copied the "We weren't anything like rich" for 4 lines to paste but then I was knocked out by the lines above. Being a tech moron, I couldn't do both. This is absolutely wonderful! I'm not sure if you have a bigger fan than me but they can't be much bigger. This may be your best (though I just listened again to "Damn it sure is hot" and love that as well). I'm often criticized and mocked for my worrying about the future and longing for elements of the past, and in that regard it feels good to have a kindred spirit. THanks! You are an amazing person, Tom, and an amazing writer. I'm loving what you're doing! Take care. Greg
Posted by: Greg Johnson

Re: The Simple Things - 10/09/15 07:03 PM

Got so caught up in my love of the song that I forgot to mention the arrangement and vocals. Loved the sparse arrangement (PERFECT) and there's no one alive who could have sung this better!! Take care. Greg
Posted by: rsdean

Re: The Simple Things - 10/10/15 04:59 AM

Tom,

Beautiful and touching. Excellent vocal and crisp production as always.

Bob
Posted by: gibson

Re: The Simple Things - 10/10/15 05:39 AM

Tom,

That is so beautiful.
Quote:
I find myself looking back and the only thing i see
is the future ain't what it used to be
It's a different world we're living in Is it better I don't know
It’s the simple things that I miss the most


Your voice, the sparseness of the music and the haunting lyrics just make this so absolutely wonderful.

As floyd said, what is in that water? send me some as well please.

You raise the bar EVERY song you write, tremendous

Alyn
Posted by: tommyad

Re: The Simple Things - 10/10/15 07:16 AM

Originally Posted By: Sergio Guarneri
Hello,

great song,
very intimate melody.
Great voice on the piano background.

Very nice.

Sergio.
Thanks Serg, I appreciate your comments. Tom
Originally Posted By: floyd jane
Tom,

I've listened to that opening phrase a dozen times. The side-by-side of guitars and piano is spectacular!

Your writing is going through the roof! I'm reminded of Tom Douglas...Allen Shamblin... If I were to copy my favorite lines, it would pretty much be the whole song. The melody deserves as much recognition as the lyric.

Not to mention your vocal...well, okay, let's mention that... So very perfect for this song. A delight to listen to.

Back-to-back #1's. What's in the water down there???? Send me some!!!

floyd
floyd, Thanks for another great review. I can't ask for more than that. Tom
Originally Posted By: boehm
Hi Tommy,

what a great write. And so beautifully
delivered. Great voice and harmonies.
I like your modest arrangement and
really enjoyed my listen.

Guenter
Thanks Guenter, Your continued support means a lot to me. Tom
Posted by: Guitarhacker

Re: The Simple Things - 10/10/15 12:19 PM

Really well done.

I too love the way you write. You generally have something interesting to say. Even if it's just a simple thing.

Nice. If you're not already, you should be placing these songs with libraries for film and TV.... I could hear this and some of the others you've written playing in a movie somewhere.

Was that piano a RT or something else?
Posted by: gruverider

Re: The Simple Things - 10/10/15 02:28 PM

I'll start with the melody - wow! And then everything else is just as good.

I love what you're doing with the vocal in the mix (and the whole mix)!

Great everything!
Posted by: 44kfl

Re: The Simple Things - 10/10/15 06:58 PM

A great and beautiful write, excellent performance, love the melody.

Kenny
Posted by: tommyad

Re: The Simple Things - 10/11/15 05:08 AM

Originally Posted By: SRP
I'm just getting to know you Tom and I like what I hear. Great production on all aspects. Some do not like the vocals in your face but I certainly do and that is the first thing that I liked about your song.
The only thing that I would like to hear is more of the harmony voice.
Sonny
Hey Sonny, Thanks for the nice comments. The harmony is intentionally kept at a low volume. The new country stuff on the radio these days has the harmonies just peeking out as opposed to a full blown Eagles background. I guess it has rubbed off on me. Just a personal preference. Tom
Originally Posted By: Rob4580
How life shapes us. Just perfect.
Rob
Rob, That is a great comment. Thanks, Tom
Originally Posted By: RichMac
Delightful Tom. Brings back good feelings to me.
Beautifully done. Maybe a bit Tom T Hall. Excellent harmonies. Cheers.
Richard, Glad you liked it. Tom
Posted by: 90 dB

Re: The Simple Things - 10/11/15 05:44 AM

"I find myself looking back and the only thing i see
is the future ain't what it used to be..."



Great line, Tommy. Enjoyed this one a lot.


Regards,

Bob
Posted by: Skyline

Re: The Simple Things - 10/11/15 08:55 AM

This gave me the shivers Tommy. I beautiful song beautifully realised. I loved the finely crafted lyrics. And I loved how it said what it wanted to say and gently ended. The whole thing is as perfect as it gets.

John
Posted by: RnAM

Re: The Simple Things - 10/11/15 12:10 PM

Hi Tom,

This is a beautiful ballad and your playing is sublime.
The lyrics will speak to the heart of everyone above let's say 45 or so? whistle

Rob and Anne-Marie
Posted by: Janice & Bud

Re: The Simple Things - 10/11/15 03:11 PM

Originally Posted By: Skyline
This gave me the shivers Tommy. I beautiful song beautifully realised. I loved the finely crafted lyrics. And I loved how it said what it wanted to say and gently ended. The whole thing is as perfect as it gets.

John


John articulated it better than we could imagine. Your ability to write so well about life and reflections on life is an amazing gift. There's always something in your lyrics that just about anybody could hang their hat on. So many writers just can't do this. They sound over wrought or maudlin or too deep in drama land, etc. You just hit that sweet spot. And as Janice often says your lyrics just sing.

Congrats on a fine production which includes the above PLUS the perfect vocal and guitars.

J&B
Posted by: Will Rockwell

Re: The Simple Things - 10/11/15 03:20 PM

very nice song, I envy your voice. To be able to both write songs and sing them well is a talent I lack.
Posted by: PeterF

Re: The Simple Things - 10/12/15 01:10 AM

Poignant - nicely arranged and performed. The acoustic guitar sounds really nice - any tips on how did you recorded it?
Posted by: tommyad

Re: The Simple Things - 10/13/15 06:15 AM

Originally Posted By: Pat Marr
Originally Posted By: floyd jane
Tom,

I've listened to that opening phrase a dozen times. The side-by-side of guitars and piano is spectacular!

Your writing is going through the roof! I'm reminded of Tom Douglas...Allen Shamblin... If I were to copy my favorite lines, it would pretty much be the whole song. The melody deserves as much recognition as the lyric.

Not to mention your vocal...well, okay, let's mention that... So very perfect for this song. A delight to listen to.

Back-to-back #1's. What's in the water down there???? Send me some!!!

floyd


Adding to what Floyd said, I'd like to mention that chord progression! The way it interacted with the piano RT in terms of the embellishments when you weren't singing... Wow! it had the same effect on me as the piano accompaniment to Bonnie Raitt's "I Can't Make You Love Me"...

I thought that was a very thought provoking and touching work. I'm very, very impressed!

Thanks Pat, Much appreciated as always. Tom
Originally Posted By: c_fogle
You're turning out some amazing stuff lately. Really enjoyed this.

Charlie
Charlie, That is a wonderful compliment. Thank You. Tom
Originally Posted By: Greg Johnson
Will we take all this knowledge to the problems that we face
It's a long hard road were looking at without wisdom and a little bit of grace

WOW, that just killed me!!!

I had copied the "We weren't anything like rich" for 4 lines to paste but then I was knocked out by the lines above. Being a tech moron, I couldn't do both. This is absolutely wonderful! I'm not sure if you have a bigger fan than me but they can't be much bigger. This may be your best (though I just listened again to "Damn it sure is hot" and love that as well). I'm often criticized and mocked for my worrying about the future and longing for elements of the past, and in that regard it feels good to have a kindred spirit. THanks! You are an amazing person, Tom, and an amazing writer. I'm loving what you're doing! Take care. Greg
Brother Greg, You have managed to capture the essence of this song. Worrying about the future while longing for the past. Perfect observation. Thanks for all the wonderful things you have said about my songs. Tom
Posted by: Curt Young

Re: The Simple Things - 10/13/15 07:08 AM

I really like this one, Tom.

So well written, and superb performance...
Posted by: tommyad

Re: The Simple Things - 10/14/15 07:34 AM

Originally Posted By: rsdean
Tom,

Beautiful and touching. Excellent vocal and crisp production as always.

Bob
Bob, Glad you liked it. Tom
Originally Posted By: gibson
Tom,

That is so beautiful.
Quote:
I find myself looking back and the only thing i see
is the future ain't what it used to be
It's a different world we're living in Is it better I don't know
It’s the simple things that I miss the most


Your voice, the sparseness of the music and the haunting lyrics just make this so absolutely wonderful.

As floyd said, what is in that water? send me some as well please.

You raise the bar EVERY song you write, tremendous

Alyn
Thanks Alyn. I always look forward to your uplifting comments. Tom
Originally Posted By: Guitarhacker
Really well done.

I too love the way you write. You generally have something interesting to say. Even if it's just a simple thing.

Nice. If you're not already, you should be placing these songs with libraries for film and TV.... I could hear this and some of the others you've written playing in a movie somewhere.

Was that piano a RT or something else?
Thanks Herb. I appreciate the kind words. The piano was a loop. Tom
Posted by: David Snyder

Re: The Simple Things - 10/14/15 12:45 PM

I agree with what others have already said. Gorgeous production and sound, but the the lyrics and vocals stick out for me. Very powerful. By the way, the guitar playing on all of your songs is great.
Posted by: aleck rand

Re: The Simple Things - 10/14/15 07:24 PM

Hey Tom,

You'd be the one to write this tune. The future that used to be? It arrived, man.

One question: The piano. It isn't listed as a RealTrack and doesn't sound like one. Is that you? If so, it fits like a glove.

Beautiful treatment.

Dean
Posted by: tommyad

Re: The Simple Things - 10/15/15 05:36 AM

Originally Posted By: gruverider
I'll start with the melody - wow! And then everything else is just as good.

I love what you're doing with the vocal in the mix (and the whole mix)!

Great everything!
Lawrence, Thanks for coming by and leaving the nice comments. Appreciated. Tom
Originally Posted By: 44kfl
A great and beautiful write, excellent performance, love the melody.

Kenny
Kenny, Thanks for the thumbs up. Tom
Originally Posted By: 90 dB
"I find myself looking back and the only thing i see
is the future ain't what it used to be..."



Great line, Tommy. Enjoyed this one a lot.


Regards,

Bob
Bob, Glad you liked it. Tom
Originally Posted By: Skyline
This gave me the shivers Tommy. I beautiful song beautifully realised. I loved the finely crafted lyrics. And I loved how it said what it wanted to say and gently ended. The whole thing is as perfect as it gets.

John
We don't use the word shivers much way down south here in the heat. I sure am glad you chose to use it here. You made my day John. Thanks, Tom
Posted by: JEL

Re: The Simple Things - 10/15/15 05:45 AM

Wow... very good!

I tend to dislike music like this (well, mostly the lyrics) because it makes me sad. Your piece is no exception. It reminds me we're growing older and now has one day less than we had yesterday to be with those we love.
Pure heart-ache.

But you sing it so fantastic that I have to say this is simply perfect.
I won't listen to it again, because you almost made me cry just now. Only really really good music can do that.

Beautiful (your song) and absolutely awful (the feelings and emotions it evokes in me) at the same time.

I hear a lot of music daily that has no or only little soul, but this song certainly is in touch with something bigger.

Good job!
Posted by: tommyad

Re: The Simple Things - 10/16/15 08:32 AM

Originally Posted By: RnAM
Hi Tom,

This is a beautiful ballad and your playing is sublime.
The lyrics will speak to the heart of everyone above let's say 45 or so? whistle

Rob and Anne-Marie
Thanks, Unfortunately 45 is a distant memory. I'm glad you enjoyed it. Tom
Originally Posted By: Will Rockwell
very nice song, I envy your voice. To be able to both write songs and sing them well is a talent I lack.
Will, Thanks and I don't feel you are lacking at all in the talent department. Tom
Originally Posted By: PeterF
Poignant - nicely arranged and performed. The acoustic guitar sounds really nice - any tips on how did you recorded it?
Peter, Thanks and the acoustic is recorded with the same mic as the vocals-Audio-technica AT 4033a. A little EQ and compression. Tom
Originally Posted By: Curt Young
I really like this one, Tom.

So well written, and superb performance...
Curt, Glad you stopped in for this one. Thanks for the nice words. Tom
Posted by: MarioD

Re: The Simple Things - 10/16/15 06:25 PM

Everything about this one is professional! The mix, the instrumentation and your vocals were perfect. But it is the lyrics that really moved me. Kinda like been there done that!

Super job!
Posted by: tommyad

Re: The Simple Things - 10/17/15 05:30 AM

Originally Posted By: David Snyder
I agree with what others have already said. Gorgeous production and sound, but the the lyrics and vocals stick out for me. Very powerful. By the way, the guitar playing on all of your songs is great.
David, thanks for the kind words. Tom
Originally Posted By: aleck rand
Hey Tom,

You'd be the one to write this tune. The future that used to be? It arrived, man.

One question: The piano. It isn't listed as a RealTrack and doesn't sound like one. Is that you? If so, it fits like a glove.

Beautiful treatment.

Dean
Dean, You're right the future is here now. The piano is a loop. Thanks, Tom
Posted by: tommyad

Re: The Simple Things - 10/18/15 06:06 AM

Originally Posted By: JEL
Wow... very good!

I tend to dislike music like this (well, mostly the lyrics) because it makes me sad. Your piece is no exception. It reminds me we're growing older and now has one day less than we had yesterday to be with those we love.
Pure heart-ache.

But you sing it so fantastic that I have to say this is simply perfect.
I won't listen to it again, because you almost made me cry just now. Only really really good music can do that.

Beautiful (your song) and absolutely awful (the feelings and emotions it evokes in me) at the same time.

I hear a lot of music daily that has no or only little soul, but this song certainly is in touch with something bigger.

Good job!
JEL, I am really glad you took the time to comment. I am pleased it touched you. Tom

Originally Posted By: MarioD
Everything about this one is professional! The mix, the instrumentation and your vocals were perfect. But it is the lyrics that really moved me. Kinda like been there done that!

Super job!
Thanks much Mario. I am always glad to hear from you. Tom
Posted by: ROG

Re: The Simple Things - 10/18/15 10:36 AM

Hi Tom.

What a wonderful sound. Now that's what stereo is all about - such a big, BIG sound from only a few instruments and that swirl of music which envelops you without sounding to come from any particular direction.

And what a fabulous song, too. Just got to listen to that again. Excellent, Tommy!

ROG.
Posted by: Sundance

Re: The Simple Things - 10/18/15 08:07 PM

TommyAD, I don't know anyone who's been on this planet awhile who couldn't identify with this song.
Sounds great to me!
Posted by: tommyad

Re: The Simple Things - 10/19/15 05:31 AM

Originally Posted By: ROG
Hi Tom.

What a wonderful sound. Now that's what stereo is all about - such a big, BIG sound from only a few instruments and that swirl of music which envelops you without sounding to come from any particular direction.

And what a fabulous song, too. Just got to listen to that again. Excellent, Tommy!

ROG.
ROG, Thanks for mentioning the sound stage. Glad you liked it. Tom
Originally Posted By: Sundance
TommyAD, I don't know anyone who's been on this planet awhile who couldn't identify with this song.
Sounds great to me!
Glad you made it Josie. Thanks for your kind words and ongoing support. Tom
Posted by: Noel96

Re: The Simple Things - 10/28/15 03:42 AM

Tom,

I'm blown away.... stunning songwriting, stunning arranging, magnificent performance. I bet if you played this song out live, everyone would stop and listen. It's one of those songs that grabs hold and doesn't let go till the end. You'd hear a pin a drop when this was performed.

It reminded me of the song below...

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PZkrU4KbPbY

... for me, when Sam Kelly sang this, time stopped (just like the audience). Your song did the same.

From a lyric point of view, I really, really like the rhetorical question "Is it better?" followed by the answer "I dunno". This is such a strong writing technique. I haven't been aware of hearing it before in a song and I haven't come across it in any books. I've been sitting here trying to recall lyrics that have used this approach and my mind is blank. Absolutely outstanding work.

All the best,
Noel
Posted by: tommyad

Re: The Simple Things - 10/28/15 05:33 AM

Originally Posted By: Noel96
Tom,

I'm blown away.... stunning songwriting, stunning arranging, magnificent performance. I bet if you played this song out live, everyone would stop and listen. It's one of those songs that grabs hold and doesn't let go till the end. You'd hear a pin a drop when this was performed.

It reminded me of the song below...

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PZkrU4KbPbY

... for me, when Sam Kelly sang this, time stopped (just like the audience). Your song did the same.

From a lyric point of view, I really, really like the rhetorical question "Is it better?" followed by the answer "I dunno". This is such a strong writing technique. I haven't been aware of hearing it before in a song and I haven't come across it in any books. I've been sitting here trying to recall lyrics that have used this approach and my mind is blank. Absolutely outstanding work.

All the best,
Noel
Noel, Thanks for the magnificent review. Now I'm the one who is blown away. I always look forward to what you have to say and I frequently learn something useful and new. I will listen to the Sam Kelly song later when I have time to absorb it as I am out the door to work now. Thanks again, as you have done many times before, you have made my day much better. Tom